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If we have one for film, then we can certainly have one for books.

* = repeat
[i]Italics[/i] and [b]Bold[/b] = link to written book review

[b]January[/b]
[url="http://redemptiosehnsucht.blogspot.com/2012/04/good-war-is-hard-to-find-art-of.html"][b]- [i]A Good War Is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America[/i] (2006) - by David Griffith - 4/5[/b][/url]
- [i]A Soldier of the Great War [/i](1991) - by Mark Helprin - 5/5

[b]February[/b]
- [i]Evangellyfish[/i] (2012) - by Douglas Wilson - 3/5
- [i]Happy Days Were Here Again: Reflections of a Libertarian Journalist [/i](1993) - by William F. Buckley, Jr. - 4/5
[url="http://redemptiosehnsucht.blogspot.com/2012/05/shallows-what-internet-is-doing-to-our.html"][i][b]- The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (2010) - by Nicholas Carr - 4/5[/b][/i][/url]
- [i]Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room[/i] (2012) - by Geoff Dyer - 5/5
- [i]A Plum Tree in Leatherstocking Country[/i] (2012) - by Daniel Bowman, Jr. - 4/5

[b]March[/b]
- [i]Stop What You're Doing and Read This! [/i](2011) - by Carmen Callil, Nicholas Carr, Jane Davis, Mark Haddon, Blake Morrison, Tim Parks, Michael Rosen, Zadie Smith, Jeanette Winterson, MaryAnne Wolf & Mirit Barzillai - 3/5
- [i]Buckley: William F. Buckley Jr. and the Rise of American Conservatism[/i] (2011) - by Carl T. Bogus - 3/5
- [i]Window Poems[/i] (1985) - by Wendell Berry - 4/5
- [i]A Treatise of Civil Power[/i] (2007) - by Geoffrey Hill - 5/5
- [i]Clavics[/i] (2011) - by Geoffrey Hill - 5/5
- [i]Tenebrae[/i] (1978) - by Geoffrey Hill - 4/5
- [i]Traveling At Home[/i] (1988) - by Wendell Berry - 4/5
[url="http://redemptiosehnsucht.blogspot.com/2012/04/when-i-was-child-i-read-books-2012-by.html"][b]- [i]When I Was a Child I Read Books[/i] (2012) - by Marilynne Robinson - 5/5[/b][/url]
- [i]I Was Told There'd Be Cake: Essays[/i] (2008) - by Sloane Crosley - 3/5
- [i]The Mystery Of The Charity Of Charles Peguy[/i] (1983) - by Geoffrey Hill - 5/5
- [i]King Log [/i](1968) - by Geoffrey Hill - 4/5
- [i]A Moveable Feast[/i] (1964) - by Ernest Hemingway - 4/5

[b]April[/b]
- [i]How Did You Get This Number: Essays[/i] (2010) - by Sloane Crosley - 3/5
- [i]The Orchards of Syon[/i] (2002) - by Geoffrey Hill - 4/5
- [i]Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art [/i](2012) - by Christopher Moore - 3/5
- [i]Without Title[/i] (2006) - by Geoffrey Hill - 4/5
- [i]Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ‘72[/i] (1973) - by Hunter S. Thompson - 4/5
- [i]Transformations [/i](1971) - by Anne Sexton - 3/5
- [i]They Eat Puppies, Don't They?[/i] (2012) - by Christopher Buckley - 3/5

[b]May[/b]
- [i]Is Sex Necessary?: Or Why You Feel the Way You Do[/i] (1929) - by James Thurber & E.B. White - 4/5
- [i]The Sun Also Rises[/i] (1926) - by Ernest Hemingway - 4/5
- [i]See Me Naked: Stories of Sexual Exile in American Christianity[/i] (2011) - by Amy Frykholm - 3/5
- [i]Every Riven Thing[/i] (2010) - by Christian Wiman - 4/5
- [i]In Our Time[/i] (1925) - by Ernest Hemingway - 4/5
- [i]The Triumph of Love[/i] (1998) - by Geoffrey Hill - 5/5

[b]June[/b]
- [i]The Torrents of Spring[/i] (1926) - by Ernest Hemingway - 3/5
- [i]Pulphead: Essays[/i] (2011) - by John Jeremiah Sullivan - 3/5
- [i]Evolving in Monkey Town[/i] (2010) - by Rachel Held Evans - 3/5
- [i]Shadows on the Down and other poems[/i] (1941) - by Alfred Noyes - 3/5

[b]July[/b]
- [i]The Reagan I Knew[/i] (2008) - by William F. Buckley, Jr. - 4/5
- [i]Freddy and Fredericka[/i] (2005) - by Mark Helprin - 5/5

[b]August[/b]
- [i]The Writer's Art[/i] (1985) - by James J. Kilpatrick - 4/5
- [i]From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism[/i] (2011) - by D.G. Hart - 4/5
- [i]Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement[/i] (2009) - by Richard Brookhiser - 3/5
- [i]Socrates Meets Sartre[/i] (2005) - by Peter Kreeft - 3/5
- [i]Enemies of the Permanent Things[/i] (1969) - by Russell Kirk - 5/5
- [i]Raised Right: How I Untangled My Faith from Politics[/i] (2011) - by Alisa Harris - 2/5
- [i]The Lost Tools of Learning[/i] (1947) - by Dorothy Sayers - 5/5

[b]September[/b]
- [i]The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot[/i] (1953) - by Russell Kirk - 5/5
- [i]Living It Up At National Review: A Memoir[/i] (2005) - by Priscilla L. Buckley - 3/5
- [i]Refiner's Fire[/i] (1977) - by Mark Helprin - 5/5
- [i]Canaan[/i] (1997) - by Geoffrey Hill - 4/5

[b]October[/b]
- [i]The Idea of a Christian Society[/i] (1939) - by T.S. Eliot - 4/5
- [i]No Place For Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?[/i] (1993) - by David F. Wells - 5/5
- [i]The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism[/i] (1947) - by Carl F.H. Henry - 4/5
- [i]A Student's Guide to Political Philosophy[/i] (2001) - by Harvey C. Mansfield - 3/5

[b]November[/b]
- [i]A Year of Biblical Womanhood[/i] (2012) - by Rachel Held Evans - 4/5
- [i]The Bleeding of the Evangelical Church[/i] (1995) - by David F. Wells - 4/5
- [i]Prufrock and Other Observations[/i] (1917) - by T.S. Eliot - 4/5
- [i]Crowd Culture: An Examination of the American Way of Life[/i] (1952) - by Bernard Iddings Bell - 3/5
- [i]How The Obama Administration Threatens Our National Security[/i] (2009) - by Victor Davis Hanson - 3/5
- [i]Republocrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative[/i] (2010) - by Carl R. Trueman - 3/5

[b]December[/b]
- [i]The Yellow Birds: A Novel[/i] (2012) - by Kevin Powers - 3/5
- [i]Utopia of Usurers[/i] (1917) - by G.K. Chesterton - 3/5
- [i]Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business[/i] (1985) - by Neil Postman - 5/5
- [i]Who Killed Homer? The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom[/i] (1998) - by Victor Davis Hanson & John Heath - 5/5
- [i]The Whitsun Weddings[/i] (1964) - by Philip Larkin - 3/5
[url="http://redemptiosehnsucht.blogspot.com/2012/12/soul-detox-clean-living-in-contaminated.html"][b]- [i]Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World[/i] (2012) - by Craig Groeschel - 0/5[/b][/url]
- [i]Ripples of Battle[/i] (2003) - by Victor Davis Hanson - 3/5
- [i]Edmund Burke: A Genius Reconsidered[/i] (1967) - by Russell Kirk - 4/5
- [i]In Sunlight and in Shadow[/i] (2012) - by Mark Helprin - 5/5 Edited by J.A.A. Purves

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I actually started something similar on [url="http://www.librarything.com"]Librarything[/url]. That site is having a challenge to read 75 books in 2012.

My journal, by months:

[url="http://www.librarything.com/topic/131640"]January[/url].

[i]Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places[/i] by Eugene Peterson [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/45stars.gif[/img]
[i]The Challenge of Jesus[/i] by N.T. Wright [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/40stars.gif[/img]
[i]His Master's Voice[/i] by Stanislaw Lem [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/35stars.gif[/img]
[i]Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy[/i] by John le Carre [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/50stars.gif[/img]

[url="http://www.librarything.com/topic/133728"]February[/url].

[i]Uglies[/i] by Scott Westerfeld [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/40stars.gif[/img]
[i]Ruth: The Story of God's Unending Redemption[/i] by Robert Wauzzinski [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/45stars.gif[/img]
[i]Destination: Morgue![/i] by James Ellroy [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/20stars.gif[/img]
[i]Sociology of Higher Education[/i] edited by Patricia J. Gumport [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/30stars.gif[/img]
[i]American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century[/i] edited by Philip G. Altbach [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/45stars.gif[/img]

[url="http://www.librarything.com/topic/134124"]March[/url].

[i]Lush Life[/i] by Richard Price [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/50stars.gif[/img]
[i]A Canticle for Leibowitz[/i] by Walter M. Miller Jr. [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/50stars.gif[/img]
[i]Prospects of Higher Educations: Globalization, Market Competition, Public Goods and the Future of thzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz[/i] by Simon Marginson [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/35stars.gif[/img]
[i]River of Doubt[/i] by Candice Millard [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/40stars.gif[/img]
[i]Lighthousekeeping[/i] by Jeanette Winterson [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/30stars.gif[/img]

[url="http://www.librarything.com/topic/135662"]April[/url].

[i]Summer Knight [/i](Dresden Files #4) by Jim Butcher [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/40stars.gif[/img]
[i]Ravenloft: The Tapestry of Dark Souls[/i] by Elaine Bergstrom [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/25stars.gif[/img]
[i]The Habit of Being[/i] by Flannery O'Connor [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/50stars.gif[/img]

[url="http://www.librarything.com/topic/136715"]May[/url].

[i]Heart of Darkness[/i] by Joseph Conrad [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/40stars.gif[/img]
[i]The Angel on the Roof[/i] by Russell Banks [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/30stars.gif[/img]
[i]Long Island Noir[/i] edited by Kaylie Jones [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/40stars.gif[/img]
[i]Android: Golem [/i]by Mel Odom [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/40stars.gif[/img]

[url="http://www.librarything.com/topic/138230"]June[/url].

[i]Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer[/i] by James Swanson [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/40stars.gif[/img]
[i]Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?[/i] by Raymond Carver [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/40stars.gif[/img]
[i]Glengarry Glen Ross[/i] by David Mamet [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/50stars.gif[/img]
[i]Pretties [/i]by Scott Westerfeld [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/40stars.gif[/img]

[url="http://www.librarything.com/topic/140079"]July[/url].

[i]The Alienist[/i] by Caleb Carr [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/40stars.gif[/img]
[i]The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane[/i] by Robert E. Howard [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/35stars.gif[/img]
[i]Dakota: A Spiritual Geography[/i] by Kathleen Norris [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/50stars.gif[/img]
[i]StrengthsFinder 2.0[/i] by Tom Rath [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/15stars.gif[/img]

August.

[i]All For the Union[/i] by Elisha Hunt Rhodes [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/40stars.gif[/img]
[i]Burning Chrome[/i] by William Gibson [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/45stars.gif[/img]
[i]The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town[/i] by John Grisham [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/30stars.gif[/img]
[i]Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 — the Long Road Home[/i] by Joss Whedon [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/40stars.gif[/img]

September.

[i]A Sacred Voice Is Calling: Personal Vocation and Social Conscience[/i] by John Neafsey [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/35stars.gif[/img]
[i]Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good[/i] by Amy L. Sherman [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/45stars.gif[/img]

October.

[i]Dracula[/i] by Bram Stoker [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/45stars.gif[/img]
[i]Finding God Beyond Harvard[/i] by Kelly Monroe Kullberg [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/35stars.gif[/img]

Currently reading:

[i]Anatham [/i]by Neal Stephenson
[i]Beirut 39: New Writing from the Arab World[/i] edited by Samuel Shimon
[i]He Shines In All That's Fair[/i] by Richard Mouw Edited by Jason Panella

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[quote name='Jason Panella' date='30 January 2012 - 02:31 PM' timestamp='1327951915' post='266208']
I actually started something similar on [url="http://www.librarything.com"]Librarything[/url]. That site is having a challenge to read 75 books in 2012.

My journal, by months:

[url="http://www.librarything.com/topic/131640"]January[/url].
[/quote]
What? Unemployed people can't afford 75 books per year, and employed people can possibly afford them, but don't have time to read them.

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Andy Whitman wrote:
: Unemployed people can't afford 75 books per year . ..

Um, libraries...?

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[quote name='Peter T Chattaway' date='30 January 2012 - 02:42 PM' timestamp='1327952574' post='266211']
Andy Whitman wrote:
: Unemployed people can't afford 75 books per year . ..

Um, libraries...?
[/quote]
Okay, how about unemployed people shouldn't be reading 75 books per year. They should be spending more time looking for a job. Edited by Andy Whitman

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[quote name='Andy Whitman' date='30 January 2012 - 02:54 PM' timestamp='1327953284' post='266213']
[quote name='Peter T Chattaway' date='30 January 2012 - 02:42 PM' timestamp='1327952574' post='266211']
Andy Whitman wrote:
: Unemployed people can't afford 75 books per year . ..

Um, libraries...?
[/quote]
Okay, how about unemployed people shouldn't be reading 75 books per year. They should be spending more time looking for a job.
[/quote]
What about those of us who are independently wealthy and/or [url="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123025595706634689.html"]President of the United States[/url]?

(P.S. [url="http://ArtsAndFaith.com/index.php?app=forums&module=post&section=post&do=reply_post&f=4&t=27451&qpid=266213#"]:twisted:[/url] I wish...)

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[quote name='David Smedberg' date='30 January 2012 - 03:07 PM' timestamp='1327954039' post='266216']
What about those of us who are independently wealthy and/or [url="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123025595706634689.html"]President of the United States[/url]?
[/quote]
I figured you were going to link the [url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44214177/ns/politics-white_house/t/obamas-summer-reading-list-includes-lots-fiction/]current president's reading list[/url]. (as of summer, so ... not so current)

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I wish I'd kept a reading journal since I was 12 or so. It would be a nice stroll down memory lane.

My reading time took such a dip when our twins were born in 2009, that I started tracking my books in the hope I could eke out 52 a year. I limped across the finish line that year, but my Kindle and frequent plane travel have made my goal much easier since then. It is with some shame that I admit to finishing books I would have abandoned otherwise so as not to have the time investment be wasted. (Sounds even worse in print).

Anyway, here's my list for January. The I listened to the Canin book on CD. Hope that's not cheating.

Jo Nesbo: The Devil's Star (2005)
Dan Chaon: Await Your Reply (2nd time) (2009)
Cormac McCarthy: The Sunset Limited (play) (2006)
Jo Nesbo: The Snowman (2010)
Lawrence Block: The Night and the Music (2011)
Allan Guthrie: Slammer (2010)
George Pelecanos: What It Was (2012)
Ray Banks: California (2011)
Walter Mosley: All I Did Was Shoot My Man (2012)
Ethan Canin: America, America (2007)
Kevin Roose: The Unlikely Disciple

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[quote name='J. Henry Waugh' date='30 January 2012 - 03:51 PM' timestamp='1327956661' post='266223']
Dan Chaon: Await Your Reply (2nd time) (2009)
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My wife listened to this on audiobook in December, and I listened as well. It was also my second time through. I loved the book the first time around, but enjoyed it even more since I was able to pay attention to all of the little details I might have missed on the first go. I really am convinced Chaon wrote a Lovecraft story without anything supernatural.

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This is beyond self-indulgent, but here is my list from 2011. Please be gentle. 2011 releases in bold. For what its worth, none were read in December, as I spent that month picking up OT hours and watching Breaking Bad.

Hampton Sides: Hellhound on His Trail (Book on CD)
Rafael Alvarez: The Wire
Bob Woodward: Obama's Wars
David Lipsky: And of Course, You End Up Becoming Yourself
Kurdo Baksi: Stieg Larsson
F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby (Book on CD)
Barry Hannah: Ray
Tom Rob Smith: The Secret Speech
Thomas Chatterton Williams: Losing My Cool
[b]T. Jefferson Parker: The Border Lords[/b]
Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln (Book on CD)
James Hynes: Next
Ken Bruen: Rilke on Black
Lawrence Block: After The First Death
Ken Bruen: Nona
Neil Albert: The January Corpse
Peter Spiegelman: Death's Little Helpers
Arthur Philips: Angelica (Book on CD)
Fred Zackel: Cocaine and Blue Eyes
Charles Willeford: Poontang and Other Poems
Haruki Murakami: Kafka on the Shore
Dave Zeltserman: Outsourced
John Williams: Stoner
Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Beautiful Struggle (Book on CD)
Tom Franklin: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
[b] Michael Connelly: The Fifth Witness[/b]
Ed McBain: Hark! (Book on CD)
Earnest Hemingway: Men Without Women (Book on CD)
James McPherson: Antietem (Book on CD)
David Markson: Reader's Block
Ed McBain: Mischief
George W. Bush: Decision Points
[b]Walter Mosley: When the Thrill Is Gone[/b]
Jon Clinch: Kings of the Earth
[b]Rob Bell: Love Wins[/b]
Donald Miller: Father Fictions
[b] Steven Pressfield: Do the Work[/b]
Brett Easton Ellis: Imperial Bedrooms (Book on CD)
Charles Willeford: Whip Hand
Loren D. Estleman: The Left-Handed Dollar
[b]Lawrence Block: A Drop of The Hard Stuff[/b]
T. Jefferson Parker: Where Serpents Lie (Book on CD)
[b]Edward Conlon: Red on Red[/b]
[b]Rober B. Parker: Sixkill[/b]
Robert Harris: The Ghost (Book on CD)
Pete Dexter: Spooner (Book on CD)
T. Jefferson Parker: Black Water
[b]Tom Shales: Those Guys Have All The Fun[/b]
[b] Anthony Esolen: Ten Ways To Destroy The Imagination of Your Child [/b]
Hal Runkel: ScreamFree Parenting
Cormac McCarthy: No Country For Old Men (2nd time; Book on CD)
[b]Thomas H. Cook: The Quest for Ana Klein[/b]
[b]Steve Brewer: Calabama[/b]
[b] Roger Smith: Dust Devils[/b]
Peter Matthiessen: At Play In the FIelds of the Lord (Book on CD)
Chester Brown: I Never Liked You
[b]Dave Zeltserman: Dying Memories[/b]
Robert B. Parker: Appaloosa
Richard Stark: Slayground
[b]Loren D. Estleman: Infernal Angels[/b]
[b]Megan Abott: The End of Everything[/b]
[b]Lawrence Block: Afterthoughts[/b]
Lawrence Block: Deadly Honeymoon
[b]Dana Spiotta: Stone Arabia[/b]
[b]Tom Rob Smith: Agent 6[/b]
Richard Stark: The Score
[b]George Pelecanos: The Cut[/b]
[b]Chester Brown: Paying for It[/b]
[b]James Sallis: The Killer Is Dying[/b]
[b]Drew Magary: The Postmortal[/b]
[b]Don Winslow: The Gentleman's Hour[/b]
[b] Michael Connelly: Suicide Run & Angle of Investigation[/b]
[b]Lawrence Block: Getting Off[/b]
[b]Chad Harbach: The Art of Fielding[/b]
Emily Gould: The Heart Says Whatever
[b]Dave Zeltserman: A Killer's Essence[/b]
Lawrence Block: A Diet of Treacle
[b]Michael Gilmour: The Gospel According to Bob Dylan[/b]
[b]Ken Bruen: Headstone[/b]
[b]Christa Faust: Choke Hold[/b]
Jo Nesbo: Headhunter
[b]Michael Connelly: The Drop[/b]:
[b]Chuck Klosterman: The Visible Man[/b]
Charles Ardai: Fifty to One
[b]Julian Barnes: The Sense of an Ending[/b]
[b]Peter Spiegelman: Thick As Thieves[/b]
[b]Denis Johnson: Train Dreams[/b]
[b]Scott Raab: Whore of Akron[/b]

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I'll try this, though I'm not going to get to anywhere near 75 books this year

[b]January - February[/b]
[i]REAMDE[/i] - Neal Stephenson
[i]Skinwalker[/i] - Faith Hunter
[i]The Odditorium[/i] - Melissa Pritchard

[b]March[/b]
[i]Out of My League: A Rookie's Survival in the Big Leagues[/i] - Dirk Hayhurst
[i]Still: Notes from a Mid-Faith Crisis[/i] - Lauren Winner
[i]Bloodring[/i] - Faith Hunter
[i]Blue Like Jazz[/i] - Donald Miller

[b]April[/b]
[i]How to Save a Life[/i] - Sara Zarr
[i]Blood Cross[/i] - Faith Hunter

[b]May [/b]
[i]The Anubis Gates[/i] - Tim Powers
[i]World Leader Pretend[/i] - James Bernard Frost
[i]Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense[/i] - N.T. Wright


[b]June[/b]
[i]The Bone House[/i] - Stephen Lawhead
[i]Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball [/i]- R.A. Dickey
[i]American Gods[/i] - Neil Gaiman
[i]How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe[/i] - Charles Yu

[b]July[/b]
[i]Hooking Up [/i]- Thomas Wolfe
[i]Desert High[/i] - Doug Van Pelt
[i]A Hard Day's Knight[/i] - John G. Hartness

[b]August[/b]
[i]Ready Player One[/i] - Ernest Cline
Mercy Blade - Faith Hunter
[i]The Chosen[/i] - John G. Hartness
[i]The End of Baseball[/i] - Peter Schilling, Jr.

[b]September[/b]
[i]Quiet: The Power of Introverts[/i] - Susan Cain
[i]Seraphs[/i] - Faith Hunter

[b]October - December[/b]
[i]Host[/i] - Faith Hunter
[i]The Name of the Wind[/i] - Patrick Rothfuss
[i]Foundation[/i] - Isaac Asimov
[i]A Year of Biblical Womanhood[/i] - Rachel Held Evans Edited by Crow

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Good idea, Jeremy. My journal may be quite slim, since the time spent reading work-related materials often dims my ardor for reading for pleasure. Anywho:

[b]January[/b]

[i]What It Is Like to Go to War[/i], by Karl Marlantes - insightful, eloquent semi-memoir by a Vietnam War Marine

[b]February[/b]

[i]1Q84[/i], by Haruki Murakami

[i]Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large[/i], by Wm Shatner - Proust it ain't, but it's made for entertaining and often laugh out loud listening as I make my rounds during the workweek

[i]The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder[/i], by David Thomson - aside from a couple of odd asides, some terrific film and sociological analysis

[i]Ozu[/i], by Donald Richie - superb

[b]March[/b]

[i]Slam[/i], by Nick Hornby - the weakest book of Hornby's that I've read; then again, I'm not the intended audience

[i]The Leftovers[/i], by Tom Perotta - 1/3 of it, anyway; I found it surprisingly uninteresting

[i]Kraken[/i], by Wendy Williams - very interesting survey of what we know and don't know about cephalopods; I had no idea that octopuses by some measures are about as intelligent as dogs

[i]Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest[/i], by Michael Krasny - the author's a bit too much in love with his own words (and wordiness) for my liking, but overall, a sensitive and respectful meditation on agnosticism and faith

[i]God is not Great[/i], but Christopher Hitchens - brilliant writer; I feel his loss acutely

[b]April[/b]

[i]Hitch-22[/i], by Christopher Hitchens

[i]Life Itself[/i], by Roger Ebert - great fun, with terrific insights and tales about the likes of Herzog, Scorsese, John Wayne, and Robert Mitchum

[i]40 Days and 40 Nights[/i], by Matthew Chapman - reportage on the Dover Intelligent Design trial by Darwin's great-great grandson - a terrific overview of the creationism-evolution battle, that manages to be laugh out loud funny, too

[b]May[/b]

[i]The Grand Design[/i], by Stephen Hawking - note to self, whenever I start thinking I'm pretty smart, just pick up a book by Hawking and try to understand 50% of it

[i]The Man Who Loved Books Too Much[/i], by Allison Hoover Bartlett - excellent portrait of a sociopath (though the author seems curiously unaware of this)

[b]June[/b]

[i]The God Delusion[/i], by Richard Dawkins

[i]A Visit from the Goon Squad[/i], by Jennifer Egan - soul-searching, at times heartbreaking, work of fiction that manages to immerse the reader/listener deeply into the psyches of multiple characters - amazing stuff

[i]Ready Player One[/i], by Ernest Cline - fun sci-fi novel, big-hearted and full of 80's nostalgia - I loved it

[i]Jesus, Interrupted[/i], by Bart Ehrman

[b]July[/b]

[i]Duma Key[/i], by Stephen King (audiobook) - first Stephen King in decades, very good

[i]The Man from Beijing[/i], by Henning Mankell - meh

[i]The Sweet Life in Paris[/i], by David Lebovitz - a fun cultural commentary by an American ex-pat dessert chef experiencing the quirks, exasperations, and delights of Paris

[i]The Art of Fielding[/i], by Chad Harbach

[i]Where Men Win Glory[/i], by Jon Krakauer

[i]Ready Player One[/i], by Ernest Cline - this time on audio. together with my son on a roadtrip - great fun

[b]August[/b]

[i]Cutting for Stone[/i], by Abraham Verghese - magnificent Dickensian melodrama, wonderfully read for its audio edition

[b]September[/b]

[i]Letter to a Christian Nation[/i], by Sam Harris

[i]The Tennis Partner, [/i]by Abraham Verghese - my least favorite of Verghese's books, but a useful portrayal of addiction among physicians

[i]Mortality, [/i]by Christopher Hitchens

[i]Daemon, [/i]by Daniel Suarez - some interesting ideas, if only Suarez didn't write and develop characters a la Tom Clancy; and the ending was a dopey headscratcher

[b]October[/b]

[i]Trials of the Monkey[/i], by Matthew Chapman

[i]Freedom[/i], by Jonathan Franzen - superb in every way

[b]November[/b]

[i]The Greatest Show on Earth[/i], by Richard Dawkins - excellent, readable overview of evolution

[b]December[/b]

[i]Tin Roof Blowdown[/i], by James Lee Burke - became nearly formulaic in the final hour of audio, but overall, a surprisingly eloquent, angry elegy for Katrina-era New Orleans Edited by Andrew

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[quote name='J. Henry Waugh' date='30 January 2012 - 02:02 PM' timestamp='1327960978' post='266230']
[b]Drew Magary: The Postmortal[/b][/quote]
Nice to see someone else read this. It had a certain hilarious genius to it.

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Calvino, [i]If on a Winter's Night a Traveler[/i]
Dunning, [i]The Bookwoman's Last Fling[/i] (after dinner read aloud)
Hart, [i]The Strategies of Zeus[/i]
Robinson, [i]Home[/i] (after dinner read aloud)
Bissinger, [i]3 Nights in August[/i]
Wilder, [i]The Bridge of San Luis Rey[/i]
Nesbo, [i]The Redbreast[/i]
Donoughue, [i]Room[/i] (after dinner read aloud)
Levitt and Dubner, [i]Freakonomics[/i]
King, [i]Blockade Billy[/i] & [i]Morality [/i](after dinner read aloud)
Golenbock, [i]Wrigleyville[/i]
Stegner, [i]Crossing to Safety[/i] (after dinner read aloud)
Harbach, [i]The Art of Fielding[/i] (after dinner read aloud)
Jacobs, [i]A Year of Living Biblically[/i]
Heinlein, [i]Have Space Suit Will Travel [/i](audio) Edited by Darrel Manson

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[quote name='J. Henry Waugh' date='30 January 2012 - 02:51 PM' timestamp='1327956661' post='266223']
. The I listened to the Canin book on CD. Hope that's not cheating.

[/quote]

This librarian has ruled that it's not cheating.

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[quote name='LibrarianDeb' date='25 February 2012 - 08:47 AM' timestamp='1330177626' post='267671']
[quote name='J. Henry Waugh' date='30 January 2012 - 02:51 PM' timestamp='1327956661' post='266223']
. The I listened to the Canin book on CD. Hope that's not cheating.

[/quote]

This librarian has ruled that it's not cheating.
[/quote]
If audiobooks were considered cheating, I'd never get any reading done.

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* = Reread
[b]Bold[/b] = Currently reading

[b]January[/b]

[i]Miracle at St. Anna[/i] - James McBride [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/25stars.gif[/img]
[i]The Road to Wellville[/i] - T. Coraghessan Boyle [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/35stars.gif[/img]
[i]The Alienist*[/i] - Caleb Carr [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/35stars.gif[/img]

[b]February[/b]

[i]The Yiddish Policemen's Union[/i] - Michael Chabon [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/50stars.gif[/img]
[i]The Devil in the White City[/i] - Erik Larson [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/45stars.gif[/img]

[b]March[/b]

[i]Memoir from Antproof Case[/i] - Mark Helprin [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/35stars.gif[/img] verging on [img]http://artsandfaith.com//public/style_emoticons/default/40stars.gif[/img]

[b]April[/b]

[i]The Hot Kid[/i] - Elmore Leonard
[i]All the Pretty Horses[/i]*- Cormac McCarthy

[b]May[/b]

[b]The Crossing[/b] - Cormac McCarthy Edited by Baal_T'shuvah

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Moderators: any chance of sticking this thread at the top of the 'Literature' section, a la the Film Journals?

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[quote name='Andrew' date='30 March 2012 - 01:15 PM' timestamp='1333127759' post='269351']
Moderators: any chance of sticking this thread at the top of the 'Literature' section, a la the Film Journals?
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Done.

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Great suggestion, Andrew. Thanks for stickying it, too, Christian.

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[quote name='Christian' date='30 March 2012 - 02:40 PM' timestamp='1333129209' post='269352']
[quote name='Andrew' date='30 March 2012 - 01:15 PM' timestamp='1333127759' post='269351']
Moderators: any chance of sticking this thread at the top of the 'Literature' section, a la the Film Journals?
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Done.
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Thanks!

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[quote name='Darrel Manson' date='24 February 2012 - 10:01 PM' timestamp='1330135281' post='267655']
Robinson, [i]Home[/i] (after dinner read aloud)
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Darrel, I'm curious to know what you thought of [i]Home[/i]. Was it your first time through the book? The best place for a response would be [url=http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopic=20256]the dedicated thread[/url], if you feel like sharing.

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For ratings/reviews, [url="http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4393264-gavin-breeden"]see me on Goodreads[/url].

[u][b]January[/b][/u]

[i]North Toward Home[/i], Willie Morris
[i]Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life[/i], Douglas Wilson
[i]Blue Nights[/i], Joan Didion
[i]Outliers[/i], Malcolm Gladwell
[i]Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet[/i], Jamie Ford

[b][u]February [/u][/b]

[i]What is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission[/i], Kevin DeYong & Greg Gilbert
[i]What is Spiritual Warfare[/i], Stanley Gale

[b][u]March[/u][/b]

[i]Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will[/i], Kevin DeYoung
[i]Danny the Champion of the World[/i], Roald Dahl
[i]Don't Call It a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New Day[/i], ed. Kevin DeYoung
[i]Radigan[/i], Louis L'Amour
[i]King's Cross[/i], Tim Keller

[b][u]April[/u][/b]

[i]The Pastor: A Memoir[/i], Eugene Peterson
[i]Jesus + Nothing = Everything[/i][i], [/i]Tullian Tchividjian
[i]The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction[/i], Alan Jacobs
[i]Crazy Love[/i], Francis Chan

[b][u]May[/u][/b]

[i]The Screwtape Letters[/i], C.S. Lewis
[i]The Stranger[/i], Albert Camus
[i]A Praying Life[/i], Paul Miller
[i]I Want My Hat Back[/i], Jon Klassen
[i]Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live[/i], Doug Hill
[i]Evangellyfish[/i], Douglas Wilson

[b][u]June[/u][/b]

[i]Infinite Jest[/i], David Foster Wallace (Whew! Started this in February!)
[i]Prayer and the Knowledge of God: What the Whole Bible Teaches[/i], Graeme Goldsworthy
[i]Wild at Heart[/i], John Eldredge
[i]If God Already Knows Why Pray?[/i], Douglas Kelly
[i]Letters to a Young Calvinist: An Invitation to the Reformed Tradition[/i], James K.A. Smith

[b][u]July[/u][/b]

[i]The Fellowship of the Ring[/i], J.R.R. Tolkien
[i]The Crying of Lot 49[/i], Thomas Pynchon
[i]Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West[/i], Blaine Harden
[i]Black and Tan[/i], Douglas Wilson

[b][u]August[/u][/b]

[i]Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil[/i], John Berendt
[i]Fidelity[/i], Douglas Wilson
[i]Giving Up Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry from an Entertainment Culture[/i], Brian Cosby
[i]Train Dreams[/i], Denis Johnson
[i]Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life[/i], Anne Lamott
[i]Life Itself: A Memoir[/i], Roger Ebert
[i]Pride and Prejudice[/i], Jane Austen

[b][u]September[/u][/b]

[i]The Mist[/i], Stephen King
[i]The Invention of Hugo Cabret[/i], Brian Selznick
[i]The Man Who Was Thursday[/i], G.K. Chesterton
[i]Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teenagers[/i], Paul David Tripp
[i]Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned[/i], Wells Tower
[i]Lush Life[/i], Richard Price

[b][u]October[/u][/b]

[i]The Pilgrim's Progress[/i], John Bunyan
[i]Republocrat[/i], Carl Trueman
[i]Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life[/i], Steve Martin
[i]Nine Horses[/i], Billy Collins
[i]The Good Life[/i], Trip Lee
[i]Thank You, Fog: Last Poems[/i], W.H. Auden
[i]Create: Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Stuff[/i], Stephen Altrogge
[i]Every Ghost Story is a Love Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace[/i], D.T. Max
[i]Confessing Christ[/i], Calvin Knox Cummings
[i]Sula[/i], Toni Morrison (audiobook)
[i]Orthodoxy[/i], G.K. Chesterton
[i]How Children Succeed[/i], Paul Tough
[i]Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, [/i]Meria Semple

[b][u]November[/u][/b]

[i]"But Don't All Religions Lead to God?"[/i], Michael Green
[i]Norwood[/i], Charles Portis
[i]This is How You Lose Her[/i], Junot Diaz
[i]Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail[/i], Cheryl Strayed
[i]Mortality[/i], Christopher Hitchens
[i]Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church[/i], James K. A. Smith
[i]True Grit[/i], Charles Portis

[u][b]December[/b][/u]

[i]The Big Sleep[/i], Raymond Chandler
[i]The Yellow Birds[/i], Kevin Powers
[i]The Meaning of Marriage[/i], Tim and Kathy Keller
[i]Tintin: The Shooting Star[/i], Herge
[i]Jesus' Son[/i], Denis Johnson
[i]My Ideal Bookshelf[/i], Thessaly La Force and Jane Mount
[i]The Dog of the South[/i], Charles Portis Edited by Gavin Breeden

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I've really enjoyed following what you're reading on Goodreads, Gavin.

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[quote name='Jason Panella' timestamp='1339420177' post='272011']
I've really enjoyed following what you're reading on Goodreads, Gavin.
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Thanks, Jason. I've enjoyed collecting several "to-read" items from your reading over there. I find myself getting more into genre stuff like Westerns and Detective Noir and the recent noir story collection you read looks good.

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